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S uperFilm’s ambitions go well beyond its native Turkey – as its strategically located commercial offices in Ohio and Luxembourg are there to prove. Originally focused on BOPP (biaxially oriented polypropylene), it now manufactures an all-encompassing range that includes BOPET (biaxially oriented polyester), CPP (cast polypropylene), BOPA (biaxially oriented polyamide) and multilayer barrier films.
SuperFilm was established in 1993 as a direct result of the diversification effort initiated by its parent company Sanko, one of the leading industrial groups in Turkey with more than 10,000 workers and a turnover in excess of 2 billion.
“Sanko was founded in 1904 as a small textile company and continued to be sole- ly dedicated to textiles until the 1980s,” Mr Kileci says. “Then a major programme of national and international expansion was launched and Sanko moved into novel areas such as construction, utili- ties, IT, automotive and others. I regard
SuperFilm as the result of a truly visionary effort on behalf of our parent company, which was prepared to support our operation with massive investment until we became the major profit-making packaging company we are today.”
A quick look at SuperFilm’s history should suffice to prove to any doubters that ‘massive investment’ is indeed no overstatement. In 1993 a 35,000m2 facil- ity was put at the disposal of SuperFilm to produce high quality BOPP film with state-of-the-art machinery by European standards. In 1997 capacity was doubled to reach 30,000 tons of BOPP film and 10,000 tons of metalised film per year after the purchase of three metalisers and two coating lines.
In 2004 Sanko made further large investments into its new offspring. The third BOPP line was acquired alongside the first multilayer cast line for multi- barrier films. By 2005 the third BOPP line had been brought on stream, the first BOPET line had been added and
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A relative newcomer to the world of packaging film, SuperFilm is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, thanks to the millions of euros funnelled into its operation by its parent company Sanko. Having significantly expanded its technical capabilities in recent years and moved into hitherto untapped niches such as in-mould labelling or biopackaging, SuperFilm seems ready to take the market by storm. Oscar Del Santo talks to general manager Necdet Kileci and European manager David Haskins.
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